Anthony Davis was the missing link to a Lakers championship in 2020. Now that’s not to say that Los Angels had no shot at winning last season, but without Davis on the court the job would’ve been a lot harder. Fast forward to this season and he just hasn’t been the same dominant player. He’s had a slow start and has had some inconsistent performances.
While it could be due to the shortened offseason and increased minutes in the playoffs, we know that he’s also been dealing with a lower leg injury for weeks. It was finally revealed that injury was Achilles tendinosis in his right leg which caused him to miss tow games last week. Unfortunately for him, he re-aggravated the injury during last night’s 122-105 loss to the Denver Nuggets.
Anthony Davis came up hobbling and grabbed at his Achilles. He shot his free throws and walked off the court gingerly. Hope he’s alright. 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/cCST4aGper
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) February 15, 2021
It’s unclear how serious the injury really is or if AD will miss any time. The team has announced that he will be undergoing an MRI once they land in Minnesota. Despite the unknown severity of the injury, it didn’t stop Stephen A. Smith of ESPN’s First Take to comment his reaction. Not surprisingly his first reaction to the event was that he believes the Brooklyn Nets now have straight path to win the NBA championship.
That comment seems like quite a gamble as Davis hasn’t been ruled out for the season or any length of time as of yet. There’s plenty of time for him to recover from the injury and wait till he’s at full strength. The Lakers are loaded with talent and I’m sure they’d rather have him ready to go for the playoffs instead of using him now. Smith has had some out of the box takes before, but this one may have missed the mark completely.